In from Nifemi Daniel . . .
Nigeria home-based team rounded up their preparation for the African Nations Championship (CHAN) with a 1-0 win over Cote D’Ivoire to declare their readiness to win the competition.
The CHAN Eagles had earlier played out a 1-1 draw with Angola, while they whipped PSL side University of Pretoria 3-0 in their first outing in their training camp.
Against the Ivorians, former Flying Eagles winger, Ifeanyi Matthew, scored at half time to give the Eagles their second victory at their training camp in Pretoria, South Africa.
During the first half, Barthlomew Ibenegbu struck the post for Nigeria while Ezekiel Bassey wasted a one-on-one chance that could easily have given Nigeria the lead.
Also, Tunde Adeniji was guilty of a rather slow start in the encounter in which goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, twice bailed out Nigeria with point blank saves while a goal line clearance from Stephen Eze and later Chima Akas ensured Nigeria hung on before taking the lead through Ifeanyi Matthew.
Though both teams stepped up the pace in the second half, there were no goals to show for their effort as Coach Sunday Oliseh’s side held on to their slim lead.
The Eagles will depart South Africa for Rwanda on Friday, January 15.
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